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ERIC Number: ED021247
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Some Suggestions for Research on First and Second Language Acquisition.
Von Raffler Engel, Walburga
The author considers controversial psycholinguistic problems in the study of first and second language acquisition, raising such questions as whether all children learn language in the same way, and whether all languages are learned in the same way. Her observations, based partially on observing her own bilingual child, suggest that the cenematic (phonological) and plerematic (morphological) levels are acquired independently of each other, and ought to be investigated separately. Individual differences in language learning procedures exist, and show up in much the same way when a foreign language is acquired. Parallelism during the "telegraphic" stage in Italian, Russian, and English-speaking children is a universal concept formation, rather than syntax. It appears most likely that a child's language development is conditioned by his cognitive development and is therefore primarily semantic rather than syntactic. The maturation curve during which the child acquires his language at the same time he expands his cognitive powers is different from the mental process of second language learning, and raises the question of dominance in bilingual children. (The author discards the concept of co-ordinate versus compound bilingualism.) The memorization of a fixed linguistic model, associated with a constant non-linguistic behavior, is at the root of the child's language acquisition. (AMM)
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Note: Preprint from Etudes de Linguistique Appliquee, U. of Besancon, France.